Congratulations again on your big victory!
I’ll take a second to answer some of the questions that have been asked in the comment area regarding Crown the Cat & racehorse ownership in general.
Question: Can we get some silks for our Jockey to wear?
Answer: This was already answered in the comment section, but our jockey is supposed to be wearing the silks of Kevin Lay and Trible B Stables. Triple B owns 20% of Crown the Cat and therefore, should be racing in its silks. We will do our best to make sure this is corrected the next time she races.
Question: How was Crown the Cat found?
Answer: Kevin Lay is responsible for finding Crown the Cat. Later in the week, we’ll have a post about this process, and specifically about how Crown the Cat was located.
Question: How is purse money divided?
Purse to Winning Horse & Connections (60%): $3,900
Percentage to Jockey (10% of horse’s share): $390
Percentage to Trainer (10% of horse’s share): $390
Groom Bonus: $40
The groom is the individual that cares for your horse on a daily basis. It is customary to tip the groom when your horse wins. More and more trainers are building this tip into the billing process which is what our trainer has decided to do.
Crown the Cat seems to have come out of the race in fairly good condition. This morning we talked to trainer Kenny Jansen about how she is doing, what her upcoming training schedule looks like and when she may run again.
In other posts this week, paddock analyst Angela Hermann will examine the pedigree and markings of Crown the Cat and we will provide a deeper analysis of potential upcoming races for your horse.
As I’m sure many of you are aware, Crown the Cat is the morning line favorite at 9/5. That is enough to get anyone’s hopes up. However, this is a humbling game so we are proponents of keeping expectations reasonable. As of right now, we are happy with where our horse sits. However, there are a couple of other contenders in this race, most notably Graeme’s Star from the barn of Mike Biehler. She is the most eligible to improve in her second lifetime start and her first at the age three. What we hope for first and foremost is a safe trip for Crown the Cat and Ry Eikleberry. This will be a fun experience, win or lose.
Paddock Information & Protocol
The third race on Sunday is scheduled to go off at 2:35 pm. Horses should begin arriving in the paddock for race number 3 shortly after the conclusion of race 2. Crown the Cat Racing Club members that would like to come in the paddock should meet near the paddock enterance gate shortly after the conclusion of the second race (around 2:10). The gate is located where the jockeys come out to enter the walking ring. Jeff and Andrew will be both be there to help direct traffic and get everyone in. We have a huge group involved, one of the largest to go into the paddock.
Crown the Cat will be wearing the white saddle towel associated to program number two. You will see a sign on the ground within the paddock with a number 2 on it just to your left when you enter the paddock. That is where Jockey Ry Eikleberry will go when he comes into the paddock. We will congregate inside the walking ring in this area.
When in the paddock, it is most important to make sure we don’t frighten the horses. As was previously mentioned, this is a large group, one of the biggest any of these horses have ever seen. Always keep in mind that horses have the right of way. We won’t exit the paddock until the last horse makes her way out of the walking ring en route to the track. The number one rule is to pay attention to your surroundings at all times.
All owners should feel free to watch the race from the terrace that overhangs the track. Directly in front of the finish line, there is a section reserved for horse owners. You should feel free to sit in that area during the race. If you prefer to sit in a different luck spot, by all means do so!
Watch the first two races to see where winning owners enter the winners’ circle after the race for their picture. Should Crown the Cat win, we would all crowd into that area for a picture right after the race.
We both look forward to seeing all of you hear on Sunday afternoon. If you have any questions about the race or about the order of operations, please feel free to post a comment below so that all can see.
Best of luck on Sunday!
It appears that a few of you have already heard the good news, Crown the Cat has found a race on Sunday! See below for entries and for an update from trainer Kenny Jansen.
Crown the Cat was entered to run Friday in a $10,000 maiden claiming route but the race, as we suspected would be the case, did not draw enough horses and thus was not used.
That is one of the frustrating parts of being an owner. You can’t always get what you want. There are no other maiden claiming routes for fillies in the first condition book so we either wait three weeks to run (unacceptable), hope the racing secretary writes an extra (more on that later), brings the race back on the overnight (which he did not do) or run in a race that is not our first preference.
This filly is ready to run so we will have to enter Wednesday for a sprint on Saturday at the maiden claiming $10,000 level.
Andrew will provide more detail later on extra races and how races that get close to filling can be brought back.
Here is a look at the overnight for May 20.
Here is Angela: The New Paddock Handicapper
Claiming races, as discussed yesterday, are the most common type of race. Many maiden races, such as the one that Crown the Cat will be entered in, are Maiden Claiming races. In both of the races we are looking at for Crown the Cat, any horse in the race can be purchased by a licensed owner for $10,000. Below, you’ll find a brief overview of claiming and a better explanation of why Crown the Cat is in this particular race.
- A licensed owner who has a horse registered to race at the current meeting.
- A licensed owner who lost his or her last horse through claim, may claim a horse.
- An applicant for an owner’s license who is granted a claiming authorization.
- Claim more than one horse from any one race.
- Claim their own horse or cause such horse to be claimed for their own account.
- Remove any horse which has been entered in a claiming race from the grounds of the association where it has been entered to race, or fail or refuse to comply with any rule or any condition of the meeting for the purpose of avoiding or preventing a claim for such horse.
- Offer or enter into an agreement to claim or not to claim or attempt to prevent another person from claiming any horse in a claiming race.
- Claim a horse from an owner whose horse is trained by the claimant’s trainer.